Pojo's Friday News Page
July 22nd - 2005
NASCAR And WizKids Team Up For Race Day Game
July 19, 2005 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc., creators of the
runaway hit games Pirates of the Spanish Main™ and HeroClix®,
are proud to announce a licensing agreement with the
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) for
Race Day™, a constructible racing game featuring cars of 22
of the top drivers and cars in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series,
including Jimmie Johnson (driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s
Chevrolet), Jeff Gordon (driver of the No. 24 DuPont
Chevrolet), Tony Stewart (driver of the No. 20 Home Depot
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with NASCAR on this
thrilling game,” said Mike Samora, vice president of Sales
and Marketing at WizKids®. “Race Day captures all the
excitement of a NASCAR race in an affordable, fun and
fast-playing package. Players collect and assemble their
favorite cars and play against their friends and family,
drafting and “stepping on it” all the way to the checkered
Race Day will be sold in Game Packs (MSRP $3.99) that
contain everything two people need to get into the race: two
randomly inserted constructible cars, one “resource” card, a
set of rules, a die, and a track play mat. There are 30 cars
to collect, each with its own special ability and rarity.
Players can build their car collections out of additional
Game Packs, which will be available wherever trading cards
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum
Good game in general
Well, I first came around Capsule Monsters with the GB game,
and CMC is pretty much what I expected from it. Similar way
to play, except it would had been interesting to see a game
mode like the one from the GB game, kinda like a RPG.
Medal of Honour : European Assault
When video games first set foot on the blood soaked beaches
of World War Two, Electronic Arts were leading the charge
with Medal of Honour. Time has not been kind to the
venerable series however; it has gotten progressively worse,
hitting rock bottom with last year’s Medal of Honour: Rising
For this reason, you can understand my scepticism when
booting up Medal of Honour: European Assault…but in all
honesty, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
European Assault puts you in the boots of US Army Lieutenant
William Holt, apparently one of the first field agents of
the Office of Strategic Services or OSS. As LT Holt, you’ll
be thrown into various conflicts throughout Europe and in
true Medal of Honour style, ultimately play a pivotal role
in defeating the Nazis.
European Assault is not an ultra-realistic recreation of
Infantry combat in war-torn Europe and it never claims to
be. It is pure, unadulterated arcade action within a
historical setting and unlike its most recent predecessor is
actually fun to play. Yet some might find this an apologetic
excuse for a lacklustre experience, so what does the latest
Medal of Honour campaign bring to the war-table?
Comic-Con Is Geek Heaven
Batman banters with Duff Man. Two Jedis jeer at a seedy old
Spock and a paunchy Lieutenant Worf. X-Man (or Woman) Storm
talks about the weather with a handful of Stormtroopers,
while a slightly overage Wonder Woman gossips with two
Gandalfs, a Greedo and a Gollum.
Oh, and there's a Playboy bunny in the corner signing her
photo, "To Frodo, with love."
Once again, it's Comic-Con, where fantasy worlds collide.
Movie Theaters All Comic-Booked Up
Comic-book movies are a big focus at Comic-Con these days,
with another one, "The Fantastic Four," just crossing the
$100 million mark.
But the movie that had everyone buzzing at this year's comic
convention was "Superman Returns," the highly anticipated
film from "X-Men" director Bryan Singer scheduled to hit
theaters next June.
Rogue Galaxy Update
A few details on Level 5's new PS2 RPG.
We've managed to verify earlier reports of a new PlayStation
2 RPG from Level 5, the maker of Dragon Quest VIII and Dark
Cloud. Rogue Galaxy is indeed the "next RPG" that the
company has had a teaser for at its website since early last
year, and Sony Computer Entertainment will be serving as
Since our first report, we've managed to learn a few extra
details from the latest issue of Famitsu. Rogue Galaxy
features cell shaded visuals, which shouldn't be a surprise,
given Level 5's previous work. From what we've heard, the
game looks better than Dragon Quest VIII, one of the best
looking cell shaded games on the PS2.
Who lives in a pineapple in your PS2?
What did Mario start? More party games, this time featuring
the cubic pants wearing sponge beloved by so many children
(not to mention an ungodly number of adults, including
Coming with the marvelous subtitle Lights! Camera! Pants!,
you’ll be able to join Spongebob and friends (and Squidward),
in a variety of games. You know the drill by now. This is
the umpteenth party game, so it’ll be the usual multiplayer
riot, and slightly less of a riot in single player. The
screenshots show an UmJammer Lammy style rhythm game it
seems. Nice! It’s coming on PS2, Gamecube, Xbox and PC.
That’s a lot of systems! Though I hardly imagine people
crowding around the PC. (One would hope it has online play.)
Sex mod exists in PS2 SA - Firm lied in press release?
It would appear that the PlayStation 2 version of Grand
Theft Auto: San Andreas includes the Hot Coffee sex mod,
with cheat codes proving the full, highly explicit scenes
were not the work of the hacking community. This bombshell
wraps up the issue of the origin of the saucy code, proves
Rockstar sought to deliberately mislead the public and adds
weight to calls from conservative groups to have tighter
controls on videogame content.
UK gamers will have a chance to show off their gaming sprit
and help charities.
You've seen the yellow LIVESTRONG wristbands that benefit
cancer research, the pink wristbands that benefit breast
cancer research, the blue wristbands that benefit Tsunami
victims, the US Flag wristbands that benefit the Armed
Forces Relief Trust and even the red wristbands representing
Red Sox Nation. Now, there are new wristbands on the way,
and they’re aimed at the 20 million gamers in the United
The new wristbands, from the The Entertainment Software
Charity (ESC), the computer and video games industry's
official charity, will be cheap and will make a statement.
Plus, they help charities that deal with youth.
News: Download Pokémon Anime onto GBA
Nintendo are offering gamers a chance to download episodes
of the Pokémon anime onto a blank GBA cart and watch it on
their GBA or DS. While this may not interest people who
don't like the show, it does have potential to turn into
something for films and other television programs.
People in Japan now have the opportunity to visit a vending
machine and purchase their favourite (from a certain
selection) Pokémon episode and have it downloaded onto a
blank GBA cart, meaning you can watch Ash and co while on
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for Nintendo DS
It took quite a while after he graced the consoles and PC in
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, but Sam Fisher has finally made
his debut on the Nintendo DS.
Armed with everything from a silenced pistol to the driest
humour in video games, Ubisoft's favourite spy saves the
world yet again on the DS.
Worms infest the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP
Looks like there’ll finally be a game putting the Nintendo
DS’s touch screen to the maximum (destructive) use, as Team
17 have announced a DS version of the popular ‘Worms’
franchise. It’ll also be available for the Sony PSP, making
use of the analogue stick for aiming of exploding
Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II
An excellent sequel to a horrible game.
ATARI has never really gotten my attention as of late, but
with Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, I must say that
they'll be getting a whole lot more of my attention. Despite
that their first Legacy of Goku sold very well, the gameplay
and other mechanics were horrible - and yet they created a
sequel which helped revive the true spirit of Dragon Ball Z.
This game is a HUGE improvement - even small things like the
font size/color have been improved. This is an EXCELLENT
WizKids will introduce it's first Collectable Card Game (CCG)
set in the wild west called, High Stakes Drifter! High
Stakes Drifter mixes the excitement of betting and bluffing
in a saloon-style game with the customizable fun of a CCG.
Unlike many CCGs, High Stakes Drifter becomes increasingly
fun as more people join the game. The game uses a betting
and bluffing system similar to Hold 'Em where players
challenge each other based on Skills, Smarts, and Luck. High
Stakes Drifter also features Kicker Chips that are included
in the Starter Set and every Booster Pack. The Kicker Chips
can have positive or negative effects on game play. See
WizKids for more details.